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Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

We spent three nights here during our honeymoon trip to Costa Rica and enjoyed every minute of it. We truly felt the "Pura Vida" spirit from the Tico staff here and we were very well taken care of. The staff was exceptionally personable, the amenities were comfortable, and we were asked a number of times if there was anything that could be done to make our stay better, to which we could always respond "not a thing!". We would like to give particular shout-outs to Andres at reception and Jonathan, the bar tender at the pool bar. Andres helped us navigate two tour companies to make some adjustments to our initial itinerary, and took care of all of the phone calls and coordination so we didn't have to worry. He made excellent recommendations based on what we were looking for, and couldn't have made it easier for us to just relax and enjoy. We were also able to watch Costa Rica beat Greece down at the pool bar, and Jonathan's friendliness and willingness to experience the game with us made us feel right at home. The food at Amor Loco was also delicious with wonderful service to accompany it!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

From the moment my husband and I walked into the hotel lobby we knew we were someplace special. Meet with smiles, a tasty drink and quick service, we jumped into the cart, got a tour of the grounds and ended at our breath-taking room. The room was gorgeous: outdoor shower, large living space, a balcony with a large Jacuzzi tub, hammock, 2 large comfortable chairs and a full on amazing view of the Arenal Volcano. The service was super, the staff from housekeeping to restaurants to lobby were exceptional. Andres, a tour guide took time to point out the 3 Toed-Sloths, the Jesus Christ Lizard, and explain so much about the animals and Costa Rica itself. Great person. The food was some of the best I have ever had, couldn't stop eating any fish dish they had. The grounds are beautiful, the pools are wonderful and if we could do it again, we would but maybe stay longer than the week we did.
Will definitely be back next time we are able to visit Costa Rica again. This is a must stay place.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mzgoldberg
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

My wife and I just returned home after vacationing in Costa Rica. We spent our last five days at the Nayara Hotel. We couldn't have been happier with our stay. Our Casita, the grounds, and the staff absolutely lived up to their consistently high ratings. As others have said, Andres was very helpful in recommending tours and activities. And Yesenia "Jesse" and the staff at Altamira spoiled us with fantastic food and truly 5 star service. Typically my wife and I like to break away from the resort and experience several local restaurants. In this case, we couldn't find any other restaurant that could compare with Altamira. I do have one concern for the overall resort and I can't even call it a complaint; it seems that the all ages pool is just not up to the same spectacular standard as the rest of the resort. In fact, I'd go so far as to say the pool and surrounding area looked shabby and dated. Still, the pool was clean, pool service was great and related amenities were superb. My wife and I almost never take repeat trips, in the case of the Nayara Hotel, we will be back. Thank you to all the Nayara staff for making our vacation so wonderful.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
Thank SunnySD619
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

We spent 4 nights at Nayara and it was the highlight of our Costa Rican vacation! We we there with our 2 daughters, ages 12 & 14, and enjoyed zip-lining, hiking, and more! We would not have seen as much without Andres, a guide from the hotel. He showed us so many animals, plants, birds and more and made it interesting for the entire family. I highly recommend him and can not wait to show family and friends some of the pictures he took!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
1  Thank Landryjm
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

My husband and I stayed at Nayara for two nights at the end of our honeymoon, and our only regret for the whole trip was that we didn't spend more time in this region. We arrived on Saturday and were greeted with delicious drinks. Our room, the "mid-level" type room, was gorgeous. We'd been at a fantastic place before this which was unbelievable, but Nayara was so different and we loved it. The room was huge with a great king bed, large porch with two chairs to relax, a hammock, a table and two chairs, and the spa which was really a jetted tub. The enormous bathroom took up half of the cottage! Glass enclosed shower with two rainfall shower heads, PLUS an outdoor shower with two heads. Separate sinks for us both, plus a bar area and two large closets. We booked the hanging bridges tour through the resort and they made it very simple to do - giving you a list of all of the options with prices. Simple to call the front desk the night before, and everything was all set. The foliage around the cottage was stunning, and we had a volcano view which we didn't have high expectations to enjoy. However, the last morning, Monday morning, we woke up to see that the clouds had cleared and there it was in all its glory!! This could have been due to the rain and storm we'd had the day before. We knew we were in the rainforest, so didn't mind the rain one bit - in fact we opened the doors to the porch, but left the screens closed, and slept like that so we could hear the storm. We made friends at the first resort that were coming to Nayara the same day as us and had the top-level type room so we got to enjoy that too! Very similar in size, same bathroom setup with a little bit more room, and they had a sitting area in the bedroom as well. Not to mention the infinity spa on the porch which can be hot or cold - your choice! We pulled the tv in front of the sliding glass doors inside and watched the World Cup from the pool/porch - awesome. We had three meals at Nayara - Sushi for dinner the first night, lunch at the pool bar, and dinner in the restaurant the last night which was Mexican night. All meals were fantastic, particularly the sushi. Drinks were a bit expensive so if you are planning on drinking, it may be worth it to go for the top-level room which includes drinks in the room. We took a walk around the property to look for Tony the sloth, and there he was! We watched him for a good 45 minutes, and a staff member brought out a nice scope so we could get a closer look. We enjoyed all of our time spent here...you won't regret it!!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Amanda R
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

My wife and I had a fantastic stay here. The room was gorgeous, even better than the pictures. The room was so secluded and private, it was amazing. The people were all so helpful and friendly, we hates to leave. Lindsay and Marcela in particular were wonderful. The breakfast dining room service was superb, and the manager there gave us a hug on our last day there. Can't wait to return!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Donducker
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Nayara is an amazing place. You cannot believe your eyes of the Beauty and the setting... We got to see the volcano a few times from our breakfast area and it was breathtaking. I went there with my family and we had a great time. They recommended Jacamar tours and they were excellent... go try the spa, you will not be disappointed. The bathroom needs a little updating especially the shower area but over all it was a lovely stay.. Great service and very gracious staff.

Room Tip: Use Jacamar tour as per hotel recommendation
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Address: 6 KM West la Fortuna Town, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica (Formerly Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens)
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#1 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: £238 - £700 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens 4.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arenal Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens is a five star luxury boutique hotel that is widely recognized for providing premium luxury amenities and ultra-personalized service at surprisingly affordable rates. Located on the outskirts of the amazing Arenal Volcano, Arenal Nayara is an oasis of tranquility, where guests can experience a profound and organic immersion with nature, while living in luxury at the same time. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, each one of our 50 spacious casitas (bungalows) provide an exclusive, ultra-luxurious retreat. Each expansive casita (ranging from 855 to 1905 square feet) includes a secluded garden with an outdoor shower and a beautiful terrace overlooking the volcano with a private, intimate Jacuzzi for two. ... more   less 
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Arenal Nayara Hotel And Gardens
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